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Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

A Pinot with a View—of Marcassin

A look at Fred and Carol Schrader's new Boars' View Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir and Chardonnay

Posted: October 10, 2014  By James Laube

Fred and Carol Schrader's new label could easily have been called Boars' View of Marcassin, because that's the story behind its name.

The Schraders' Boars' View looks out at Marcassin (which is French for young wild boar), the adjacent vineyard and winery owned by Helen Turley and John Wetlaufer in the Fort Ross-Seaview appellation of Sonoma Coast. It's in a remote, tree-shrouded area, a few miles inland from the Pacific, but clearly warm enough to fully ripen grapes.

News & Features  :  News

Will Breaking Up Be Good for Paso Robles?

Government approves subdividing California wine region into 11 new subappellations

Posted: October 10, 2014  By MaryAnn Worobiec

News & Features  :  Retrospective / Vertical

2004 California Cabernet Retrospective: Easy Sailing

A steady growing season and a late burst of heat put 2004 wines in the sweet spot

Posted: October 8, 2014  By James Laube

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

13 Enticing California Sparkling Wines

New reviews of vintage-dated sparklers from across the Golden State

Posted: October 6, 2014  By Aaron Romano

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

An Exciting New Santa Barbara Red

Tensley and TGIC Importers team up for a unique blend

Posted: October 1, 2014  By James Laube

Joey Tensley and Alex Guarachi have teamed up to make an exciting new red wine from Santa Barbara that is exactly what wine lovers are looking for: an outstanding wine that's affordable and available.

They have collaborated on a wine called Tenshen, a $25 red with 3,500 cases made. The first vintage, 2013, exhibits a fresh, lively array of flavors, extending from ripe, juicy plum and black cherry to subtler dried herb, tar and rose petal.

Sept. 30, 2014 Issue  :  Alphabetical Listing

California Pinot Noir Alphabetical Listing

Posted: September 30, 2014  

Sept. 30, 2014 Issue  :  Features

Two Pinot Producers to Watch

Posted: September 30, 2014  By Aaron Romano, Augustus Weed

Sept. 30, 2014 Issue  :  Columns

Are You Old School?

Posted: September 30, 2014  By Matt Kramer

Sept. 30, 2014 Issue  :  Columns

"Dim Somms"

Posted: September 30, 2014  By James Laube

Sept. 30, 2014 Issue  :  Tasting Reports

Tannic Times for California Pinot Noir

A big crop in 2012 yields uneven results

Posted: September 30, 2014  By James Laube

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Distinctive California Reds

New reviews of Syrah and blends from Sonoma and Napa

Posted: September 29, 2014  By Aaron Romano

News & Features  :  News

Winemaker Manfred Krankl on Mend After Motorcycle Accident

Owner of Sine Qua Non expected to make full recovery from head injuries

Posted: September 24, 2014  By James Laube

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Last of the Summer Wine

Hang on to those sunny days with these good-value reds

Posted: September 24, 2014  By Tim Fish

Summer ended officially this week but I’m in denial about it. The warm weather took its time getting here in the first place and now it’s heading south again already.

We’re not letting it go without a fight, are we? Damn straight. Repeat after me: Summer isn’t over. Summer isn’t over.

In defiance of fall, I’ve selected five of my favorite summer wines from reviews published in our Oct. 31, 2014 issue. All of the wines are Zinfandel or Zin-based reds, which are the ideal wines with sunny weather and summer food. I drink them with everything from pasta and chicken to grilled steak and smoked ribs.

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

California Harvest Heats Up

With rain on the horizon, winemakers in Napa and Sonoma are starting to bring in more grapes

Posted: September 23, 2014  By James Laube

With rain in the forecast for Northern California in the next few days, the harvest will accelerate in many quarters. No one expects the rain to cause much concern. But grapes close to full ripeness and susceptible to rain, such as Pinot Noir, will be best harvested sooner than later. No one wants to slosh through another year like 2011.

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

19 California Values for $25 or Less

New reviews of red, white, rosé and sparkling wines from the Golden State

Posted: September 22, 2014  By Aaron Romano

Blogs  :  Exploring Wine with Tim Fish

Can a Napa Icon Be Saved?

The Trefethen family vows to restore the historic but quake-damaged McIntyre winery

Posted: September 17, 2014  By Tim Fish

Of all the dramatic visuals the morning after the Napa earthquake—the shattered wine cellars and landslides of fallen barrels—nothing for me was more startling than the live TV images of the historic McIntyre building, crippled and sagging on the grounds of Trefethen Vineyards in Yountville.

News & Features  :  News

Is Being Sustainable Worth It for Wineries?

New research finds wineries think sustainability pays, even if it's unclear that consumers value it

Posted: September 16, 2014  By Liz Thach

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Flashy California Merlots

New reviews from the 2012 and 2011 vintages in Napa Valley and beyond

Posted: September 15, 2014  By Tim Fish

News & Features  :  Tasting Highlights

10 Impressive California Pinot Noirs

New reviews from the 2012 vintage in the Russian River Valley

Posted: September 8, 2014  By Augustus Weed

Blogs  :  James Laube's Wine Flights

Still Picking Up the Pieces in Napa

The extent of the earthquake's damage is still unknown

Posted: September 5, 2014  By James Laube

Wine Spectator senior editor James Laube says that the extent of Napa's earthquake damage is still unknown.

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